After chef-owner Simone Tong opened her mixian shop Little Tong in the East Village, no fewer than five other rice-noodle specialists popped up within blocks that year. Now Tong has added a new location on 53rd Street, geared toward the midtown takeout-lunch crowd. To that end, she’s added a sandwich that’s so terrific it might just inspire a wave of Chinese-sando shops. Tong says the JB Melt (which was born out of an experiment for a staff meal) is a sort of cross between a jianbing and the guokui pancakes she grew up eating in Chengdu. Whatever its lineage, the sandwich is crispy, gooey, and crunchy at once, with an invigorating hit of má là, that addictive Sichuan spicy-tingly quality.
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On the lunch menu at Little Tong Noodle Shop; $13; 235 E. 53rd St., nr. Second Ave.; 929-383-0465.
*This article appears in the July 23, 2018, issue of New York Magazine. Subscribe Now!